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FRANCISCANS OF THE IMMACULATE
The friars and sisters in the St. John Lateran Basilica
St. Francis can be compared to roots of an unceasingly blossoming treewhich continually produces fruits of holiness. From the beginning of the Franciscan Order up to today, his vivid and vivifying spirit has inspired boys and girls, men and women from all parts of the world to follow in his footsteps. Throughout the centuries, the Franciscan Order has had various reforms, like branches deriving from the same trunk, eagerto return to its origins in a more faithful observance of the Rule, according to the needs and demands of their own time.
At the onset of the third millennium, the Franciscans of the Immaculate come to light, as a response to “Perfectae Caritatis”, a decree of the Second Vatican Council, which invited religious to a "return to its origins".
With the “Regula Bullata” of the First Order, i.e. the friars, the Franciscans of the Immaculate profess the “Traccia Mariana”, the Marian form of Franciscan Life, written by Fr. Stefano M. Manelli, founder of the Institute.
The "Porziuncula" of St. Mary of the Angels in Assisi, is where the Seraphic Order planted its roots, claiming as their own the "Cause of the Immaculate." St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, with his Cities of the Immaculate are for us, one of the most genuine fruits of those Franciscan-Marian roots, planted by the same “Poverello”, St. Francis of Assisi. St. Maximilian is our protector for these difficult times.
The figure and apostolate of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe is a spiritual heredity of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, friars, sisters, and the laity. Fully embracing the Kolbean spirituality, with the vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate, they commit themselves to bringing Jesus to the world: through word and example, with prayer and action, in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first missionary of the Gospel.